Northern Colorado and Boulder Valley law firms are merging with other firms and acquiring partners with specialized knowledge in mergers and acquisitions to handle the same type of transactions.

Businesses focused on technology, oil and gas, natural foods and other key industries are engaged in buyouts and mergers — and seek local law firms to handle their transactions. The merger market is becoming increasingly attractive to law firms seeking to help their business clients.

In the latest move, Ballard Spahr merged with Lindquist & Vennum on Jan. 1 to expand the firm’s mergers and acquisitions expertise. The combined firm, which retains the name Ballard Spahr LLP and is based in Philadelphia with offices in Denver and Boulder, now will have more than 650 lawyers in 15 offices nationwide, including a presence in Minneapolis and Sioux Falls, S.D., and an expanded office in Denver.

“Clients often require services and specialties other than corporate law. One law firm can provide a full scope of services,” said Steven Suflas, managing partner of the Denver office. “From Ballard Spahr’s perspective, the Lindquist & Vennum merger offered us a couple of attractive opportunities. In particular, the Minneapolis office’s practice was mergers and acquisitions for private equity clients.”

The merger between Ballard Spahr and Lindquist & Vennum expands what both firms can offer, said Ted Hartl, a partner in the bankruptcy group for Lindquist & Vennum and now a partner with Ballard Spahr.

The merger of Ballard Spahr with Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz increased the capabilities of both firms, said Steve Zansberg, partner with Ballard Spahr and formerly with Levine Sullivan.

“By joining Ballard Spahr, our media clients have access to a broader range of services our family of litigators was unable to offer,” Zansberg said. “It’s created synergies within the firm to be able to collaborate with colleagues in other cities and to be able to offer services to media and emerging media clients that we could not offer.”

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